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COVID-19 numbers are on the rise across Tarrant County; over 900 cases reported Saturday

โ€œWe are starting to see some new concerning trends, simply put in areas of low vaccination coverage, cases and hospitalization are up,โ€ said CDC Director Walensky.

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas โ€” Across Tarrant County, COVID-19 numbers are on the rise. 

Summer is in full swing, and people are spending time together, from flying to having get-togethers at home.

โ€œWe are starting to see some new concerning trends, simply put in areas of low vaccination coverage, cases and hospitalization are up,โ€ said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

Walensky says, the Delta variant is spreading fast.

โ€œThis week, the Delta variant is the most prevalent in the U.S., representing 50% of sequenced samples across the country,โ€ said Walensky.

According to the Texas Health and Human Services, in Tarrant County alone, there are close to 222,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Saturday, July 17, Tarrant County health officials reported 966 newly confirmed cases and one additional death. 

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Across Texas, the highest number of COVID-19 cases are among those 30-39 years old, bringing the number to 17,500. 

โ€œWidespread vaccination is what will truly turn the corner of this pandemic. Please know that if you are not vaccinated, you remain susceptible,โ€ said Walensky.

Health officials say, close to 40% of Tarrant Countyโ€™s population, 12 and older is vaccinated.

But, Tarrant County Public Health reports say, only 30% of people are fully vaccinated.

โ€œWe are seeing that communities, and counties that have high vaccine coverage, and low case rates are getting back to normal,โ€ said Walensky.

In the end, health officials want everyone to be educated, and not get complacent, as COVID-19, and the Delta variant is still at risk.

โ€œCOVID-19 vaccines are free, and are available to everyone age 12 and up,โ€ said Walensky.